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Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ, Mercury Milan, Automotive News
Nov 05, 2012 (5:21 pm)
My Ford Touch has been a problem for Ford and so has the dual clutch transmission in the Focus. The one guy I know that owns a '12 Focus has had the trans replaced already.
I would like ta think that here on Edmunds we could find truckloads of information on this in the Ford Focus threads. Eh?
Chime in, I too believe in utmost honesty when rating my vehicles. That's the only way ta treat those CR deals. Or tests.
Or reliability reports. JD Power, too. I can tell you that my 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS has been totally reliable and a ball ta drive. The battery I just installed set me back $101.20, but that's because the beautiful compact's battery needs 550 cold-cranking amps ta handle all of the advanced electronics on the car. Not a big deal, huh?
If I didn't know myself better I'd say I've become a Mitsubishi lifer. Of sorts.
Nov 09, 2012 (7:00 am)
"Ford workers angry about the automaker's plans to shutter a plant in Belgium broke windows and burned tires in a demonstration outside the company's European headquarters in Germany.
The automaker will not rule out more European capacity cuts if the auto market deteriorates further.
The situation in Europe remains "very volatile," CEO Alan Mulally said at a conference in Berlin on Wednesday."
Ford workers in Germany protest job cuts (Detroit Free Press)
#437 of 508 Re: hitting bottom? [steve_]
Nov 25, 2012 (5:52 pm)
Europeans have a short temper. Something they don't like and they start riots, smash windows and burn cars and buildings. I wonder why someone choose to place auto-plants in Europe - labor is expensive and unruly and regulations do not allow any flexibility. They can smash windows and burn cars as much as they want but there is no way to stop train wreck. Sovereign defaults and austerity measures are coming and there will be more plant closures. Ford is ahead of curve and is doing tough but right thing to survive. I am not so sure about GM - they as usual kick can down the road. FIAT and Peugeot may go bankrupt if there are not government bailouts and believe national bailouts in EU are against law.
Nov 26, 2012 (7:23 am)
"With car and truck sales on the rebound, all of Detroit's automakers are making money. But Ford Motor Co. is making a lot more on each vehicle it sells than its crosstown rivals do.
Ford's third-quarter operating margin in North America was 12 percent — the highest since the company began breaking out regional margins in 2000."
Ford leads rivals on profits per vehicle (Detroit News)
Nov 29, 2012 (7:26 pm)
"Ford is extending the warranty and offering another upgrade that enhances the voice-recognition and navigation technology on its much-criticized MyFord Touch infotainment system, Mark Fields, soon to be the automaker's chief operating officer, told reporters Wednesday at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
The warranty on the MyFord Touch system will now last for five years, up from three years. MyLincoln Touch will carry a six-year warranty, said Ford spokesman Alan Hall."
Ford to extend warranty, update software for MyFord Touch (Detroit Free Press)
#440 of 508 First quarter production to climb
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Dec 03, 2012 (7:07 am)
"Ford Motor Co. said Monday it posted November sales of 177,673, an increase 6 percent, with retail sales jumping 12 percent."
Ford sales up 6 (Detroit News)
Dec 10, 2012 (7:30 am)
Looks like the EPA is going to investigate the C-Max and Fusion Hybrid mileage ratings.
#442 of 508 Re: EPA review [dieselone]
Dec 10, 2012 (7:33 am)
Hybrids vary pretty wildly from CR's observed MPG typically. The EPA result isn't really designed to factor in hybrid tech. It'll be interesting to see if they get the same numbers Ford did.
#443 of 508 Re: EPA review [bpizzuti]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Dec 10, 2012 (8:00 am)
I doubt that anyone thought a hybrid could get up to 62 mph before the gas motor kicked in when they designed the EPA test.